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I just had the biggest laugh! A couple of years ago, our dog chased the guy who came round to read our electricity meters. Since then, they have note about our house that to beware of the dog. Today the meter reader pulled up, tooted his horn and my little dog ran out. I went to grab my little dog, guy gets out of his car and says “Is that the only dog you have here?”
“No, the old boy is shut inside. Why?”
“I was just reading through my notes for this residence. It says toot horn first and beware of dog, then I see that run out! Got me confused.”
Obviously my little white Maltese ShisTsu is not as scarey as my Pit Bull x Red Heeler. Lol!


Posted by mom81879, 23rd November 2015


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  • Not here in Tas, they have to cone to the house to read meters. As if I’m going to have my dog on a lead in his own backyard! The meter reader toots his horn, I know he’s there then and sort my dogs out so no one gets hurt. I realise it’s his job and some people have dog phobias, exactly why we have a sign at the bottom of our drive, top of our drive and on the gate. You ignore these at your own peril! The meter reader is 100% safe tho

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  • I enjoyed your story very much. It put a big smile on my face. We had a similar sign on our veranda gate but it was more for scaring away intruders. Our little cavalier didn’t scare anyone, in fact, when she heard the gate opening, she would hide under the table.


    • oh that is adorable! lol that had me laughing! i can picture that happening! also to the poster of this story- that comment was a winner hey! lol

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  • Dogs should indeed be on leads or secured for their own protection from cars and for the protection of other people too. Some people do have phobias and are scared of dogs. I am a dog lover but always show due caution with other people’s dogs. Also, whenever we have anyone to the house to do work we ensure the dogs have been secured and everyone is safe. It is a good thing that they know about this and have it recorded as it protects your dog and the workers from any harm.


    • Indeed. It’s a lot better this way. And safer everyone that enters her property.



      • And if they should ever be able to acces the meter, they don’t read it and send us an approximation based on previous bills.

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  • They told me that I always have to keep my dog on leash when someone is outside reading the meter. No matter how quiet (or not! ;-) a dog is.

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  • Personally I thought that meter boxes were supposed to be outside fences with clear access and with no danger to the reader.
    It is their job, lively-hood and health and the possibility of getting bitten from a tiny tiny to a huge hunk should never be an issue.


    • Totally agree!



      • I totally agree too. Doesn’t matter about the size of the dog.

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